Before this became a famous duet between Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, it was originally performed by Billy Edd Wheeler, who wrote and recorded it in 1963. German-American actress Gaby Rodgers is credited as Wheeler's co-writer, but her name was actually used as a pseudonym by Rodgers' then-husband Jerry Leiber. Leiber wrote many hits with his regular songwriting partner Mike Stoller, such as "Hound Dog
" and "Jailhouse Rock
," made famous by Elvis Presley.